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Reverse Diabetes Naturally With This Healthy Meal Plan

In the period from 1980 to 2010, the number of people in America, aged 18 and older dealing with diabetes is more than tripled. Also, this number is not slowing down.
Diabetes costs a lot for the patient and the health care system. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness, loss of kidney function, amputation of limbs, etc. Moreover, it can cause heart disease and stroke.
Luckily, interventions can delay or even prevent diabetes in people with prediabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) showed that losing weight and increased physical activity decreases the type 2 diabetes development by 58% during a period of three years.
But, most importantly: Can people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes reverse their disease with natural therapies?
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Diabetes occurs when the levels of blood glucose are increased. This happens because of the defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says type 2 diabetes usually starts with insulin resistance. People whose bodies resist insulin, their pancreas secretes surplus insulin in order to keep the glucose levels normal.
When this condition advances, the production of insulin production slowly decreases and gets to a level of deficiency that can’t keep blood glucose in the normal range. But, the way type 2 diabetes presents and advances can vary greatly, and treatment can be different from patient to patient as well.
Alternative vs. Conventional Medicine
Alternative medicine concentrates on caring for the whole person, treating and preventing disease, and offering patients power to create conditions for better health. This medicine is one way of treating diabetes type 2.
It may include changes in diet and exercise habits, lowering stress levels and other lifestyle habits.
On the other side, Conventional medical nutrition therapy is nutritional diagnostic, therapy, and counseling services along with a registered dietitian or a nutrition professional.
The Nutrition Care Process provides nutrition care with great quality and is used in Medical nutrition therapy. The Nutrition Care Process includes four different, interrelated steps: nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring/evaluation.
Nutrition Care Process provides a framework for the RD to individualize care, focusing on the patient’s needs and values and using the best evidence to bring decisions.
Management of Diabetes
Nutrition is the foundation of managing diabetes, and different nutrition intervention strategies can be used to meet the metabolic goals and individual preferences of a diabetes patient.
However, alternative and conventional practitioners have different approaches and methods to manage the disease. One of those differences is in terminology.
Some of them think diabetes to be reversed when the patient is no longer dependent on medication to keep the levels of blood glucose normal. There are practitioners that say reversal of diabetes is repairing function and bringing the body back into glycemic balance.
Medical nutrition therapy’s goal is to get to and keep the levels of blood glucose normal or close to normal range. Diabetes patients that achieve this goal are described as being in control.
Naturopathic Food Plan

  • Avoid all wheat products;
  • Consume protein and fat three times daily;
  • Eat 8 – 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily;
  • Avoid all trans fats and processed foods, like cookies, cakes, and potato chips;
  • Add olive oil, avocado, butter, seeds and nuts, whole-fat dairy products, cheese, and yogurt to your diet;
  • Eat 3 – 4 oz of nuts daily, such as walnuts, almonds, pecans.

MENU FOR DIABETICS
MENU 1


Breakfast 
For breakfast, you can have 1-2 eggs cooked as desired with bacon. You can have grits and butter or whole-fat plain yogurt with nuts and fruit.
Lunch
For lunch, enjoy a salad with tomatoes, carrots, beets, onions, cucumbers, black olives, or anything else you desire. You can add pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and feta or goat cheese. At the top add some grilled chicken, tuna, or a hard-boiled egg. Pour olive oil and vinegar dressing or a lemon tahini dressing. Flavor the salad with mustard, garlic, or Italian seasonings.
Dinner
You can have wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, or sable fish and a grilled or roasted vegetable on the side for dinner. Try squash, peppers, onions, and mushrooms in the summer. In the fall and winter, try beets, carrots, onions, and potatoes. Also, brown rice, a sweet potato with butter, or corn on the cob.
Snacks
As snacks, you can eat dark chocolate with 70-80% of cacao combined with walnuts, almonds, pecans, or cashews.
Also, you can slice fruits, such as apples or pears and eat it with cheese and nuts or peanut butter.
MENU 2


A doctor shares this diet plan whose patient feels better after following the plan for a year. Now, her patient does not need any medications. This is an example of what my patient eats on an average day:
Breakfast
For breakfast, prepare yourself a smoothie with 80% veggies, herbs, and spices and 20% fruit, with added nuts and seeds.
Lunch
For lunch, have a collard green wrap with veggies, hummus, extra-virgin olive oil dressing, and avocado.
Snack
Have some fresh fruit and a handful of nuts or seeds. Also, you can have dark chocolate.
Dinner
End the day with wild fish, green leafy salad with extra-virgin olive oil herb dressing, a colorful vegetable, starch (sweet potato with skin) or gluten-free grain (quinoa).
Drinks
Start the day with an organic coffee, and herbal or green tea during the day. Add a drop of honey occasionally.
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